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All Levels. James Baldwin said in an interview, “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” This class will focus on generating new poems through the study of the intersection of poetry and politics. Our focus will be historical (Virgil, Shelley) as well as contemporary (Raul Zurita, Claudia Rankine, many others). Week-to-week, we’ll complete in-class readings and exercises that model a poetics of engagement and dissent.
Bill Carty has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Artist Trust, and Hugo House. He is the author of Huge Cloudy (forthcoming, Octopus Books). His poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and other journals.